Today's practice was at 2:30 p.m. Before I headed onto the field, we checked the temperature online in Greg Harrod's (director of football operations) office. He said it would be 99 degrees outside. So after I went up to the slightly air-conditioned press box for the first few minutes to do some roster work, I headed down to the field. Our athletic trainer for football this season, Jay Spencer, had his temperature gauge on the ground. The picture to your left is the number that it read on the turf at Wilford Moore Stadium.
Needless to say, late July and August always brings a pretty good heat wave to Abilene each year. Even at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. when the majority of the practices take place for the McMurry team, it's hot, but today, it had heat at a different level. Practice was lighter than usual with a focus on special teams and just two round of Bandit Drill. And the defense caught a break when Mumme called practice after team drill and spared them the 15-minute Packer drill for the day.
Today's gallery is a lot of shots of players being hot and enjoying themselves. We'll be back at it tomorrow with the team's second two-a-day. Once again, we'll only cover the evening practice. CLICK HERE FOR THE DAY EIGHT PHOTO GALLERY.